Making gingerbread for Christmas at Wiltshire care homeThe Residents at Market Lavington care home, in Devizes, Wiltshire, had a baking afternoon recently.

In preparation for Christmas, the Residents at the 80-bed residential, nursing and dementia care home took part in an activity making gingerbread Christmas cookies. 

Each Resident, including Phyllis Dunn, Rona Bushell, Susie Masterman and Phillip Kelley, chose their cookie cutter, with the support of Wellbeing Coordinator Michaela Powell, rolled out the gingerbread and pressed out as many shapes as they could. 

There were lots of Christmas trees, snowflakes and stars created with the gingerbread and they smelt so good that some of the Residents wanted to eat it straight from the dough ball!!

Rona commented, “I haven’t made gingerbread since my grandchildren were little, it brings back so many lovely memories.”

Fellow Resident Phyllis said, “My favourite shape has to be the Christmas tree, it’s so traditional.” 

The home’s kitchen team organised for one of the ovens to cook the gingerbread which the Residents enjoyed with a hot drink. They were even shared with Colleagues at the home, who enjoyed them just as much.

Phillip joked, “How many am I allowed to eat now?”

Michaela, said, “Our Residents love hands-on activities, and it was nice to be able to organise a Christmas themed baking session this afternoon. The smell of gingerbread made everyone hungry!”
“The highlight of the day was definitely Residents being able to eat their own, some even enjoyed more than one!"